Let's talk about scuba diving and hair. We've all been there, post dive on the verge of tears, debating whether or not we should cut off our hair off or continue on with all our might to comb through the miserable tangled mess. Let's be real, scuba diving and hair are not best friends. Here is the ultimate answer to avoid all those nasty knots:
Oil. The most recommended oil is, Coconut. It is the best for all hair types, it's available just about everywhere, and it's one of the cheapest options available. Coconut oil is not only great for your hair but, it has many other beauty and health benefits. For hundreds of ideas, head over to Pinterest and search out the many ways to you can use coconut oil.
Pre-Dive Versus Post-Dive Hair
Additional oils you can try:
Almond Oil — Best for dandruff
Argan Oil — Best for dry or frizzy hair
Baobab Oil — Best for growth
Macadamia Oil — Best for extremely dry and damaged hair
Sunflower Seed Oil — Best for dry and frizzy hair
Another really great option to use is a leave-in conditioner.
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Let's dive into the steps: Pun intended.
The morning of your dive, shower with fresh water.
After you've showered with all your reef safe products, comb through your hair with coconut oil. You can use any kind of coconut oil on the market, cooking, organic, etc. Most coconut oils are solid and then turn into liquid with warmer temperatures.
How much oil? It depends on the thickness and length of your hair. Start off by putting some coconut oil onto your hands and work the oil through your hair all the way to the ends. Since, I have long hair I dip my comb into my jar of coconut oil and then comb through my hair. First, I start at the base of my neck and then from my roots to the ends.
This next step is for braiding your hair. Part your hair into sections; 2-4 sections depending on how thick and long your hair is.
Tightly braid each section; French Braids are the best. But, if you're like me and you can't French Braid to save your life, regular braids do work but I don't think they hold up as long.
Dive Hair, Don't Care
- Remember, the tighter the better.
- Time yourself. Seriously, you don't want to miss the boat because you were braiding your hair. Personally, I give myself 30 minutes in the morning. It really only takes me 20 minutes but if for some reason I'm having a bad hair day, I have a ten minute cushion.
- Check out the dive shop the day before and see if there's anyone there that can by chance French Braid. Wouldn't that be a great add on service?!
- Depending on the location, sometimes there are people available on the beaches who braid hair.
- After diving, rinse your hair off with fresh water.
- For cute beach waves, after diving keep your hair braided until the bottom half of your braids are dry on the outside. Then let the braids out to air dry. If you like, you can put a small amount of coconut oil on the ends of your hair.
Alright, alright, alright, maybe scuba diving and hair can go together.
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